Monday, July 25, 2011

So... the weekend didn't work as planned......

The blogging world is really quite small and I am starting a post today by offering my condolences to Norway and it's people ..... so very sad .... so very hard to grasp......

My thoughts are with you ...........


I wonder how your weekend went......
I am copying and pasting from my last post .... and making amendments ........

I do love weekends... there is an art exhibition  photographic exhibition (apparently the art exhibition is finished!!) Hubz and I are going to... I'm not knowledgable about art (or apparently when it is showing!)  but I think it will be fun... and requires a short drive .. maybe a pub lunch (that was good - chicken schnitzels -well it is a country pub and I was sulking about being wrong about the art exhibition) ... and a walk  drive around a backroad we haven't used before ....

I wonder what your plans are  were.......

~ I've got some binding to do look at ~

..... and a stem stitch lesson to finish! look at ~

 ...... and a Christmas wall hanging to nearly complete
(if I had the rusty bells) but it's as good as DONE  ~

Designed by Gail Pan
part of Christmas Club hosted by Cookies and Cream Craft (who are having sale days this month)

my first hand quilting

......... and a mug rug to sew together DONE ~

sneak peak only - it is a swap.....a surprise swap ...

... and some felt ornaments to blanket stitch 3 (of 6) DONE
aren't they cute?

Designed by Lenna Green of Little Green Cottage
featured in Homespun 11.7

.... and.... and..... and....

July The weekend has run away
~ Pfftsst ~

The hanger and the ornaments are both part of my Christmas work this month...... so thanks Allie and Narelle for prompting and motivating me to get these done........
and I'm linking to Mondays' Show and Tell with Sandy

Pop over to their blogs to see what else in happening - there's always lots of lovely things to see.

Hubz did play a starring role in my weekend..... to get me out of the sulks for being wrong about the art exhibition.....

I have a small basic Janome (which I love to bits) but no extension table and I ache after I have been grappling with my free motion quilting from left hand slipping over the edge.....

A lovely friend gave me her extension table... which she didn't want anymore..... but the size was not right.... too big and too high....

you can see here it doesn't fit ... the gap and the step just wouldn't do for FMQ....

maybe you need to see closer to be convinced?

some fancy handiwork with that cute little green machine....

some firm sandpapering......

and my hero my love has cheered me up......

snug as a bug in a rug .....

and smooth as silk.....

Now - I think it will make my FMQ easier - but I wonder if it will improve the quality?

another weekend hero
An Aussie wins the Tour de France
well done to Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans gestures as he rides in the 95km and last stage of the 2011 Tour de France cycling race between Creteil and Paris.

Well... I have some catching up to do..... see ya.....


  1. Oh Fiona, You put a smile on my face!!! Those little felt ornaments are just sooooo cute. So good your hubz could adjust your extension table to fit. Let us know if it helps.
    Have a good week - catching up on those things you looked at.

  2. wonderful post Fiona thoroughly enjoyed my visit today

  3. I thought all weekends went like that. I plan to do......, oh well, there's always next weekend. Sounds like you did get a few things done and the drive sounds great. Hope the photography exhibition made up for the disappointment of the other.

  4. Your rejigged extension table is fabuloso - your hubz is a KEEPER!

  5. You are so lucky to have such a handy DH....

  6. I love the ornaments that you made. They are so cute. And, lucky you, that your husband is so handy. Your table looks perfect.

  7. Well, it looks like you've had a great weekend - even if it didn't pan out how you'd planned, lol.
    I love your needlework! Both the hanger and ornaments are just gorgeous!!
    And your re-jigged sewing table?! Fantastic work your hubby did on it!!!

  8. Wow! A full weekend for sure.
    Lovely Christmas Hanger and your little ornaments are adorable.
    Great idea to refit the extension table ... will make a big difference.
    I better get a wriggle on with my Xmas Item and post :)

  9. You fit so much in a weekend! All I did was make a tote bag, lol! Love your little wallhanging, good for you on hand-quilting - it looks marvelous! I love the little ornaments too...and kudos to your hubby for being the Man of the Hour! What a guy!

  10. You have been making so many wonderful projects this month and your stitcheries are always so beautifully done.


  11. What do they say about "the best laid plans of mice and quilters"!!! You still had lots of fun and the extension table looks lovely and very useful. Big hugz for hubz. Happy stitching.

  12. Great post Fiona... you gave me a huge giggle... I know those "best laid plans". Your hubby did a great job... so much better now! Love the little felt ornies..very cute. You have done very well, considering things went a bit pear shaped he he!!

  13. what a good DH...and now a wonderful FMQ cool!

  14. That was very nice of Hubz!!! I bet your quality will improve!

  15. good ol' hubbies! and i know what that undone to do list looks like too!!

  16. Hello Fiona,

    Love and prayers to Norway, they have had a huge shock. Love what your better half has done for you. Hope you made him a cake!!!
    Happy days.
    oh yay for Cadel.

  17. Wonderful post Fiona. Great job on the extension table. So sad about the Norway shootings and so glad for Cadel Evans. Love your little felt decorations.

  18. Why is it that when you are organised your plans don't work??
    Love all the Christmas goodies!
    Very impressed with the alterations to the sewing table extension!!
    Have a great week, whatever happens!

  19. OOOh, such lovely things to look at! Congratulations on giving hand quilting a go, it looks lovely. I'm loving the felt Christmas ornaments, I hope that issue of Homespun turns up on my doorstep in time for me to make some for Christmas 2011!

  20. A fun post! Your Christmas wall hanging looks gorgeous and the little decorations are very cute.

  21. You are soooo funny, Fiona! I had a nice giggle from reading your post. You did manage quite a bit this past weekend...I didn't get much done at all. I love that little wall hanging you did and think your hand-quilting looks really nice, and those ornaments are so sweet! You definitely have a keeper in the husband department, too! What a great job he did on the extension table. That should make things a good bit easier when you are FMQ now! :o)



  22. There should be more people in the world like you Fiona, and then maybe there would never be another Norway... you are sooo funny... lovely stitching..

  23. Love your ornies and wall hanging too.. and what a great hubby tomake that fit your machine.. things will be much easier now... :D

  24. Your Christmas treasures are gorgeous. I like Gail's designs and your version looks great. I must go and find that copy of Homespun. I would love a few of those ornaments on my tree.

  25. Whew! It might not have been Plan A but wow what a jam packed weekend! Love the felt ornaments, they are just too too cute!! Your Christmas wallhanging is lovely...well done on the hand quilting....

  26. Isn't it nice to have a handy husband.
    I love that wall hanging.
    Mama Bear

  27. Your wall hanging is adorable and I love those sweet little ornaments. Your hubby did a great job on the extension table. I have one and it makes life much easier. Came over from Allie's blog to see your projects. Nice to meet you. :)

  28. Love your ornaments and hanging...hubby did a great job on your extension table.

  29. Wonderful gifts and your wallhanging is fantastic! Well done :) Those little ornaments are soooo cute! :) Hugs, Mickie


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